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Latest volume of The Other Clare launched
[includes praise from Minister for library website]

Clare Champion, Friday, 19th November 2010

Minister for Defence Tony Killeen lauded The Other Clare, as he launched the latest volume for the Shannon Archaeological and Historical Society last Friday.

Speaking at the launch at the Oakwood Arms, he said, “It is now possible to speak of the tradition which the journal has established for itself over the years. It is a tradition that has seen significant contributions on art, art history, manuscripts and folklore, in addition to the mainstream articles on Clare’s archaeology and history.

“Archaeological research can be said to have been in its infancy in the county during the early days of the journal’s existence. However, the important excavation of Clare’s most recognisable monument, the Poulnabrone Portal Tomb in the mid-‘80s with an ensuing article in volume 18 of The Other Clare heralded the beginning of a new era of archaeological excavation and reporting in the county.

“The last two decades have seen an unprecedented explosion of information due to combination of individual research projects, Government sponsored projects such as the Discovery Programme’s investigation of the prehistoric archaeology of South-East Clare and the upgrading of our road infrastructure and other developments.”

He said the county has benefited from the work of many excellent historians.

“Clare has always had an abundance of gifted and enthusiastic local historians, who have given us valuable insights into many unusual facets of our county’s history. While it is to be regretted that Clare does not have a third-level facility within the county, the availability of history and heritage courses in third-level institutions in Galway and Limerick ensures that those with an interest can pursue their studies in a structured way.

“Progress in the availability of online resources also ensures historical research is more easily undertaken now than ever before. In this regard, the Clare County Library website is rightly regarded as being one of the most comprehensive and excellent websites in the country.” he said.

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